CURRICULUM & COURSES

We emphasize developing competence in writing, editing and reporting applicable to the print and broadcast media. We pride ourselves in weaving ethics into each of our courses.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication

The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in journalism & mass communication. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions page lists all journalism & mass communication courses. For one possible breakdown of the major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.

 Requirements    Credits 
 Journalism & Mass Communication 41
     JMC 101. Communication Today
     JMC 201. Reporter's Narrative: Style
     JMC 202. Reporter's Narrative: Craft
     JMC 245. Video Production
     JMC 300. Media Law
     JMC 499. Comprehensive Experience
     SC 220. Digital Portfolio & Career Readiness
     Choose one:
          JMC 305. Computer Assisted Reporting
          JMC 399. Communication Research Methods
     Choose one of these two-course combinations:
          JMC 341. Sports TV Production I and JMC 342. Sports TV Production II, or
          JMC 414. Journalists' Workshop I and JMC 415. Journalists' Wokshop II, or
          JMC 440. and JMC 441 (Seminar in Broadcast Journalism I & II)
    Four JMC/SC Electives
3
3
3
3
3
2
3

3
3

3
3
3
12
 English/Theater  3
     Choose one:
          ENG 230. Public Speaking
          THTR 201. Acting in Character
          THTR 333. Acting For The Camera
 3
 Foreign Language*
3
   
 Economics/Business 3
     One course from:
          ECO 101. Microeconomic Principles
          ECO 102. Macroeconomic Principles
          BUS 101. Elements of Business
3
 General Education Requirements
37
    The General Education curriculum, a 37-hour program to help students appreciate a liberal arts education, includes required specific courses as well as selected courses from various distributions. For details, go to General Education Curriculum.

    NOTE: Majors must take either MATH 107 or MATH 135 to satisfy the General Education curriculum's Quantitative Literacy distribution. 

 General Electives**
32
 TOTAL  120
* The foreign language must be at the 202 level and may be modern or classical (Latin). Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses in language, which will count as general electives.

** Credits include all other courses that cannot be recorded elsewhere, including modern-language courses below the level of 202.

Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication

Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course's number. To see an overview of a course, click on its number. A list of all journalism & mass communication courses is found on our Course Descriptions page.

 FIRST YEAR
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester
Credits
SBU 101
ENG 101
JMC 101
Modern or Classical Language 202*
General Education Requirement
2
3
3
3
3
SBU 102
ENG 102
JMC 245
FS/THEO 101
PHIL 104
General Education Requirement
1
3
3
3
3
3
 Total
14 Total
16
       
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
JMC 201
MATH 107 or MATH 135
ECO 101, ECO 102 or BUS 101
General Education Requirement
General Elective
3
3
3
3
3
JMC 202
JMC 300
ENG 230 or THTR 201 or THTR 333
General Education Requirement
JMC Elective
3
3
3
3
3
 Total 15 Total
15
       
 THIRD YEAR
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
SC 220
JMC Electives
General Education Requirement
General Elective
3
6
3
3
JMC 305 or JMC 399
JMC Elective
General Electives

3
3
9

 Total 15
Total
15
       
 FOURTH YEAR:
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
JMC 414 or JMC 440 or JMC 341
JMC 499
General Education Requirements
General Electives
3
2
4
6
JMC 412 or JMC 441 or JMC 342
General Electives
3
12
 Total 15
Total
15
*The modern language requirement must be at the level of 202 or higher. Students not prepared to begin at this level will need to take additional courses. Those additional courses will count as general electives.

INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT: Students must complete internship requirements totaling 400 hours both on and off campus under guidance of the School of Communication's internship coordinator. Transfer students must complete 100 hours for each year they are on campus.

Requirements for a minor in Journalism & Mass Communication

A minor for non-majors includes the completion of 21 credits as follows: To declare a minor, a special form must be filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. Interested students should see their adviser.